Physician Life Balance - our Top Three Tools

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Life Balance -  Here are our Top Three Tools

In our work with thousands of doctors we have created, tested and refined many tools to reverse the downward spiral of physician burnout. In this article we will show you our Top Three Tools to build the life balance you are craving.

  1. The Schedule HACK
  2. Bucket List Secrets
  3. Quick NO, Slow YES

Before we begin it is essential you understand first that Physician Burnout is NOT a Problem

It is a DILEMMA of the highest order requiring a coordinated STRATEGY to address your specific matrix of stress sources. Your strategy is a group of 3 - 5 tools you hand select from the four parts of the burnout prevention MATRIX.

De-stressing your Practice is Step One

Once you learn how to get home sooner, you can move to Step Two:

Build More Life Balance

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Stop Physician Burnout - Building a better day off

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

How many times have you looked forward to a day off work - a nirvana of rest, relaxation, recuperation, leisure, pleasure and la dolce vita?

And instead you ended up just powering through the list of busy work around the house you've been saving up for weeks ...

Catch up on the laundry, clean the house, balance the checkbook, do your taxes, hit the grocery store, mow your lawn, get a haircut ... and fall into a heap at the end of the day feeling no less rested than when you left work yesterday.

That's a crappy day off

Actually it is not a day off at all. It is just another day on a different punch list. It's another day on a different hamster wheel.  And it does not have to be that way.

Here are four steps to transform your days off from catch-up marathons or a haze of simple recuperation -  to true life balance. 

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FOUR STEPS TO A QUALITY DAY OFF

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Work Life Balance - 4 Secrets to Saying "No"

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Work Life Balance is a key to preventing physician burnout.

And work life balance depends on your ability to say a simple, two letter word. That word is "No".

In my first several calls with a new physician coaching client, we work to deconstruct their current state of overload. Often I will ask, "How did things get so out of balance? Think back to when you took on all these commitments. Did you actually say "Yes" to them all?"

Almost always they shake their head and don't recall ever actually saying "Yes" ... and at the same time, they admit the also never said "No". In fact doctors almost never say no when asked to participate in a committee, take on an extra project or lend a helping hand ... whether at work, your kids school or any number of other areas outside work.

Let's face it, we suck at saying "No" and the result is the overload that is the hallmark of physician burnout

In this short video, you will learn 4 keys to saying "No" with some elegance and grace.

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Physician Burnout - Why Working Harder Never Works

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout - Why working harder never works

In my coaching practice, working with hundreds of over stressed physicians, every single one is a supremely hard worker.

Our residency training values hard work above all else ... to the point of nearly working each of us to death at some point. If there is anything a physician knows how to do ... it is work hard.

It is our default reaction to any challenge. We put our nose to the grindstone and try to overwhelm it by the sheer volume of our effort.

Unfortunately when you come to the dead end of burnout, working harder never works.

Here is why ...

If you work harder doing more of what you are already doing - you will just get more of what you've already got

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Work Life Balance for Physicians - How to Tip the Scales

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Work Life Balance is key to preventing Physician Burnout - but exactly HOW do you create balance in the first place?

Here are 2 Key Actions (and 3 Power Tools) to help you create more balance this week - Field Tested and Doctor Approved. 

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The Difference: Time Off vs. Life Balance - 3 keys for vacations and holidays

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Life balance is more than just taking time off or going on vacation.

If it feels like you are drowning at work ... you need way more than a few breaths at the surface to give yourself any kind of meaningful recovery.

Here are three keys to using holidays and vacation to recharge yourself in ways that will make a big difference. These are keys to actually creating work-life balance. Use these to ensure you head back to work rejuvenated and in a better place than when you punched out


I've tested all of these in my own life and with hundreds of physician coaching clients. Now is the perfect time to try them out over this two week holiday season when you are almost certain to get at least a couple days off.

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1) Your Boundary Ritual 

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Work Life Balance - Frustration is a Call to Action

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A Work Life Balance tool that Taps Frustration to Build a Better Week Ahead

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Work Life Balance Planning Formula 1 + 1 = 53

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Work Life Balance Planning Formula 1 + 1 = 53

One of the biggest stressors for my physician clients is finding some work life balance in your busy week. We are always taught that our patient’s needs come first and we are never shown the “Off” switch on our doctor programming … so it is very easy for our career to become the #800 gorilla that takes up our whole lives.

AND when you are ready to create some work life balance … it has to be quick, simple and easy to do so … otherwise there just isn’t enough time and energy to get the job done.

The biggest reason doctors don’t have work life balance is we don’t have a habit of planning for it.

  • It takes a plan to make time for the simple things in our lives that make it sweeter.
  • It takes a plan to make time for the big “Bucket List” items that make our memories.
  • And planning and scheduling triples the odds you will actually take these work life balancing steps.

Here is a simple, quick and powerful work life balance planning process you can start today

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Work Life Balance Schedule HACK for Busy Doctors

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Work Life Balance and the Schedule HACK Shortcut

In a previous video I showed you the #1 Skill for Work Life Balance. Here is a simple, powerful shortcut a client and I came up with this week for quickly helping anyone create more work life balance

With this Schedule HACK you will have push button access to your Life Schedule and Family Calendar 24/7 and not have to learn any new scheduling process, computer program or cell phone app. And with your life and family calendar in hand … Magic Happens.

You develop the ability to say “NO” with elegance and grace.

The Schedule HACK Shortcut to Work Life Balance for Physicians

This is just one of the 19 video trainings in the world's first Burnout Prevention Mobile APP. 

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Work Life Balance – the #1 Life Balance Skill

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Work Life Balance is Simple when you realize …

If all you carry is a work calendar, work will always dominate your time. In this video I show you how to create balance with a Life Calendar and the magic word this makes possible.

The #1 Life Balance Skill  and the Power of  “NO”

NOTE: 
This is just one of 48 resources inside the world's first Smart Phone APP to prevent Physician Burnout. Learn more and get your copy at This Link

 

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